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Judges in Training: Workshop

by Salam Al-Zahran

On the topics of Domestic Violence and Juvenile Protection Law and the mechanisms of determining the exchange rate of Lebanese pound under exceptional circumstances

On the 24th and 26th of March 2022, the Rule of Law Programme Middle East & North Africa, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), in partnership with the Judicial Studies Institute at the Ministry of Justice in Lebanon, organized a workshop on the domestic violence and juvenile protection Laws and the mechanism for determining the exchange rate of Lebanese pound under exceptional circumstances –problems and solutions adopted in Lebanese and foreign courts. 33 judges in training attended the two-day workshop at the Smallville Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon.

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Judge Nada Dakroub, President of the Judicial Studies Institute, and Mr. Philipp Bremer, Director of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Rule of Law Programme Middle East & North Africa, opened the workshop by emphasizing the importance of the collaborative effort and the continuation of this workshop for the second year, which aims to broaden the judges’ legal knowledge on major and recent topics.

The General Director of the Ministry of Justice, Judge Mohammad El Masri, delivered the closing remarks on behalf of H.E. Minister of Justice Judge Henry Khoury, highlighting the significance of persistence in these challenging circumstances for the judicial system and the country.

The opening remarks were proceeded by an introductory discussion session with Judge Souheil Abboud, President of the Supreme Judicial Council, and the Judges in Training.

The sessions on the two days were as follows:

Judge Hala Naja conducted the first training session, which focused on the domestic violence and the protection of juveniles in the expedited judiciary; including the role of the expedited judiciary in the protection of public freedoms and fundamental rights, the expedited judge's competence to protect the family under the Domestic Violence Act No. 293/2014 amended under Act No. 204/2021, and the competence of the expedited judge to protect the family under his general jurisdiction.

Judge Fatima Maged led the second training session of the first day, in which she discussed the definition of the juvenile and the general principles to be followed in order to provide him/her with the ultimate protection/international conventions and charters/Act No. 422/2002, furthermore, the protection of juvenile offenders and the protection of juvenile at risk.

The second day also encountered two sessions. The first one, presented by Judge Youssef El Hakim, dealt with the mechanism for determining the exchange rate of Lebanese pound under exceptional circumstances-problems and solutions adopted in Lebanese and foreign courts (court of first instance); provisional seizure (Art. 866 Code of Civil Procedure) and executive seizure.

The second session was led by Judge Elias Richa, who discussed the topic from the executive chamber's perspective, addressing the issue of account currency and billing currency, as well as the exchange rate to be adopted by doctrine and jurisprudence.

At the end of the workshop, both the expert judges and the judges in training, received certificates from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Rule of Law Programme Middle East & North Africa and the Judicial Studies Institute at the Ministry of Justice in Lebanon.

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Salam Al-Zahran

Salam Al-Zahran

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Salam.Alzahran@kas.de +961 1 385 094 | +961 1 395 094

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